With an incredible lineup recently announced for Coachella, featuring names like Beyonce, Lorde and Kendrick Lamar; it looked as if 2017 was going to be a great year. But of course, some old rich guy had to ruin another thing we love. According to The Washington Post
, Philip Anschutz, an Oil and Entertainment mogul who founded AEG, which acts as the parent company to Coachella, has donated to a number of anti-LGBTQ groups over the years. These organizations include the Alliance Defending Freedom, the Family Research Council, and the National Christian Foundation. All of these groups have actively campaigned against LGBTQ legislation in the past, according to Uproxx
None of the Coachella headliners, who are known for their progressive politics, have released any type of statements about these uncovered details about Philip Anschutz. Donald Trump's team has been having trouble recruiting stars to perform at his upcoming inauguration because of his far-right politics, so it will be interesting to see if any artists decided to drop Coachella for the same reason.
You may be wondering why it matters who Mr. Anschutz supports? The short answer is that if you buy a ticket to see your favorite performer, you are indirectly funding these anti-LGBTQ organizations. This is not the first time that this kind of backlash has been felt by companies who support similar organizations. In 2012, the then Boston Mayor, Thomas Menino, blocked Chick-fil-A from opening locations in the city of Boston. His reason for this being their stance against gay marriage. Time Magazine
recalls an interview that Mayor Menino had with Boston Herald
where he said, "You can't have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against the population. We're an open city, we're a city that's at the forefront of inclusion."
So what can we do about this? The first step is to consider skipping Coachella. Here are a few other music festivals in California to consider going to instead.
1. Noise Pop 25
Noise pop in San Francisco is looking pretty solid this year with Vince Staples, Dawes, Deaf Heaven and tons of other bands playing shows around the city in this 11 day span in February.
2. BottleRock Napa
Tom Petty, Foo Fighters, The Roots, Modest Mouse? This is going to be an incredible show AND it's in the beautiful Napa Valley. So the food and drink won't be bad either.
3. CRSSD Fest
CRSSD Fest in San Diego is going to be lit this year. EDM favorites like Flume and Duke Dumont are headlining this two day festival. Get ready to dance your anger away.
4. Warped Tour
Van's Warped Tour has just announced their 2017 tour dates across the country and it is always a fun show if you're into pop-punk, screamo, emo or what not. They finish their tour in California, so look for them in early August.